Siem Reap, Cambodia, April 27, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / The iconic Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, situated on the doorstep of ancient Khmer archeological sites in Cambodia, has been named one of the world’s “500 Best Hotels” by U.S.-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure.
The honor, bestowed by Travel + Leisure readers voting in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best Awards” is among the most prestigious in the global hospitality industry. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor was honored for a second-straight year after earning the distinction in 2022.
“We’re seeing excitement in Siem Reap like we haven’t seen in years—and this honor is a reflection of that in a way,” General Manager Joseph Colina said. “Our guests have told us that not only are Angkor Wat and other ancient sites here part of their bucket list, but so is a stay at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which has its own storied past and timeless elegance.”
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which originally opened in 1932, is considered a national treasure. The hotel was originally built as a rest stop for archeologists and adventurers seeking to explore the ancient Kingdom of Angkor Wat, which is today one of the world’s most extraordinary and popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The hotel recently emerged from an extensive renovation and pandemic-related closure that lasted nearly three years before reopening its doors in June 2022. Nearly all of the hotel’s 119 guest rooms and suites were fully refurbished, including with all-new Italian tiling and fixtures in the bathrooms. One of the hotel’s most distinctive attributes—its classic metal and timber elevator in the lobby—remains, as does the vintage ambience of The Elephant Bar.
More recently, the hotel launched the Khmer fine-dining restaurant 1932 and opened the doors of the Raffles Marquee, an elegant events space overlooking a lush green lawn.
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